The Taste: Smaller size, bigger admission cost
Tickets are $20 a day, $50 for all three
Last updated 7/29/2021 at 11:39am
For years, it was known as Taste of Edmonds. A few years ago, the "of" was dropped.
In 2021, it has a new, temporary name: Taste Twenty-One, with the subheading "Not your typical Taste Edmonds."
That's for sure.
There have been many changes to Taste Edmonds over the years, and this year will see two additional big ones, in addition to the name change: Its temporary location to the Frances Anderson Center and a spike in the admission cost.
The former is because Civic Park – its longtime location – is being renovated. The latter because this year's event is for those 21 and over.
"These changes aren't because of public demand, but due to several other factors," said Edmonds Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Greg Urban.
Here is what to expect and how it will be different:
The Taste has moved: Due to planned construction at Civic Park, the Taste is moving locations to the Frances Anderson Center Field, 700 Main St., which is 20% of the space allocated at Civic Park.
What the move means: The chamber had to drastically modify programming, distilling the event down to live music, a beer and wine garden, food trucks, a cornhole tournament, and a few select sponsors.
It's a fundraiser: As always, the Taste is a fundraiser for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce in support of free community events. Events such as the 4th of July parade and fireworks, Classic: Car & Motorcycle Show, Halloween Trick-or-Treat, and the Tree Lighting Ceremony are all made possible because of funds raised at Taste Edmonds.
In addition, the Taste raises thousands of dollars that go back into the community in the form of donations to local nonprofits and service clubs.
It's still three days: Taste Twenty-One is 2-10 pm. Friday; Aug. 20, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21; and noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22.
Ticket prices: Here's the biggest change of all.
Tickets purchased online in advance are $20 for a one-day pass; $50 for a weekend pass; and $30 for tickets purchased the day of.
You can pick up tickets for free and have your tickets mailed for $2.50. The deadline to pre-purchase and have tickets mailed is Aug. 6. The deadline to pre-purchase tickets is Aug. 16.
"Our event capacity has shrunk from 20,000 people per day to only 5,000," said Urban. "Given that this event is a fundraiser, we hope you'll consider the great band lineup, awesome atmosphere, and giving back to your community as well worth the ticket price."
The fine print Admission to those 21 and up. Wristbands applied upon entry. Re-entry allowed with valid wristband. ID and bag check every time you enter. Ticket is all-access to music, food and lounges – there is no separate stage or beer garden.
All sales are final. No refunds.
For more information: http://www.tasteedmonds.com, 425-670-1496.